Sunday, May 17, 2015


This time of year is Crazytown.

I'm just ready to chill in the back yard and let the kids play, but every activity in our life is having end of the year events...parties...recitals...ceremonies.

I have a stack of Abby's math homework that we haven't done for a week sitting in the middle of the kitchen table that I cringe at every time I walk past. Stick a fork in me, I'm done. Mama bear is tired.

One more week of school & 2 days for AJ & a Kindie graduation for Ab.

Can they buy school lunch everyday and wear pj's?

Then a week into summer I'll be all send them back! When does school start?! I can't entertain them any longer!

I am co-hosting a MJ trunk show with a free photo shoot with a BFF at the end of the month. It's a lemonade stand photo shoot!!! Be still my heart!

We made pinwheels and that banner and painted chairs! We love any excuse to craft it up! Love it! I mean LOVE IT!
If you are local, don't miss out!

The kids had a spirit week at school. Right after literacy week. Dude, they are killing me. Dressing up every day is insanity. We are lucky to remember lunches and snacks these days. We need stay home pj days for like the first two weeks of summer.

Ab planned Crazy Hair Day for three days leading up to it.

Hollywood Day was fun. For me. The kids had no idea who Ab was. But the cool adults did.

I told Ab to pose like a movie star in the last pic. And she roared...

My first new jams in weeks. Then I did dishes & cleaned toilets & they fell off. Meh. They were fun for a day.

Projects only happen after the kids go to sleep around here. So at 10PM over You've Got Mail & some coffee, the sanding & painting began.

I made this step stool in shop class in middle school. In 1993. She needed a make over...

I'm over the moon with how she turned out & want to paint EVERYTHING in my house now!

AJ hopped in the van & handed me this from his teacher this week. Made this chick's day.

I went to take the trash out the other day. (Yes Andy I took the trash out.) And found idea. But it made me smile.

It was gone the next time I walked by.

Brody had his last day of preschool, and I met him with Mac N Cheese for a picnic when I picked him up.

He said, "Let's take a picture-ah on our pic-a-nic!"

Love that boy up!
He climbed in bed the other morning and snuggled up and said, "I will always be your baby. And you will always be my sweet mama. And we are snuggle bugs!"
If he would have asked for a car and a pony after that, I probably would have said yes.

A quest for a woodland fairy dress brought Ab and I to a thrift store the other day. You know I love a good treasure hunt! I could search for days in one store.

We scored these awesome vintage finds for $8. And a new set of Shabby Chic twin sheets for $2. And a new lemon tea towel for $2. And me a coral color sundress in super good, like new condition.

Oh and a women's skirt to convert into Ab's woodland fairy dress! It was awesome.

Ab had her spring tap & ballet recital. That girl loves to be on stage.

It was the most hilarious thing I have ever seen. She danced so hard, she got applause mid performance from the audience. It was spectacular.

Then she almost threw down in the middle of her ballet dance when her class missed a step. There was scarf jerking and yelling that could be heard over the music.
She never ceases to amaze me. That one.

#lifewithabby is entertaining to say the least.

And sometimes terrifying.

This boy loves to wear a tie.
And demands to have his photo taken.
Then he does this...

A girl after my own heart.

Dirty from working in the school garden and hugging a chicken.

We will have chickens one day. The day is coming. Just wait for the spastic chicken post.

I have big plans for the summer.
That include strolling through farmers markets and giggling over soda in glass bottles...and playing card games and board games...and running through the sprinkler...and Sonic happy hour...and days at the pool...and movie nights...and s'mores...and adventures in the mountains...and reading awesome book series with the kids!

I can't freakin' wait!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Insta-Catch Up

Wow. How did 2.5 weeks go by?!

So many happy things in those 2.5 weeks!

Andy and I went to our kiddos' school nautical themed silent auction.

It was a total blast. I gambled with buying an anchor for surprise gift. I got a car wash. Blah. But it was fun, so we gambled with a mystery bottle of wine!
The baskets were a little cut throat, but I'm competitive and took home the "fixer upper" basket!
Whoop! Whoop!

Literacy Week happened.

AJ was Wiglaf from Dragon Slayers' Academy.

I had to look that one up...

Abby was Fancy Nancy and her BFF was Bree!
Soooo stinkin' fun!
Ab, our self-proclaimed cat lady, had just the pair of socks for crazy sock day...

There were lots of crazy moments with this little one...

Ab was over the moon to bring Cubby Bear home from Kindergarten...
And make her all about me poster...

An amazing person gifted me with finishing this blanket my mom started for me as a kid. She would not let me pay her for her time and talent. It just appeared finished on my porch one day. There are good people in this world. This act of kindness really impacted me.

AJ had his First Eucharist!

When did he grow up?!

It was a full day with full hearts.

My sorella, Jess, came out to celebrate with us!

It was awesome having AJ's a God Parents here for such a special occassion! We snuggle loved that baby Isla Rai up! She stole my heart that one.

Love our adorable new chalk menu board! We used it two weeks...missed this week, but one day I'll use it again. Ha!

This little guy keeps me smiling and melts my heart on a daily basis.

The kiddos finished religious ed for the school year, and Ab sent her prayers up to Heaven with a balloon.

Tis' the season for shakes! Holla!

And the construction is already pushing me over the edge.

And that my friends was only a tiny glimpse into our craziness!

Blog at ya again soon!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Insta-Catch Up...The Extended Version

This post is out of order...some pics are from before spring break (which I already blogged) foul I know...but these pics still needed to be just ignore the whole out of order thing...think of it like a flash back to before spring break...then flash forward to after spring break but before Easter...then flash forward again to after Easter. Then we'll be on track.


And it's a loooong one. So get a cup of coffee or ice tea or Arbonne fizz stick...whatever your drink is and be prepared for a long read...and a glimpse into this crazy mama's head.

Here we go...

St. Patricks Day happened before Spring Break, and the kiddos wore a little green to school. It was in the middle of all the big Mary Flair renovations/spring break trip speed preparations so it got kinda lost in all the hustle & bustle...

But I never let a holiday go unnoticed.
{insert awesome transition here...whatever that is}
I freakn' love washi tape. (In my head I say it as wasabi tape with a ninja type accent. Try's fun...You'll never say it in your head normal again.)
One day I stuck some washi tape (wasabi tape) on my charger so I could tell it apart from Andy's. Then I Instagramed it & got 68 Likes. What the what?! 68 likes! True story. 68. And it was just some (wasabi tape) on a cord! #trending
In our rush to get Mary Flair ready for the epic trip, I made sure to print some Mary Flair adventure Instagrams. Seriously if you have never printed your Instagrams go do it now. They soooooo stinkin' cute! Little niblet 4x4 gems. I printed mine from Walgreens. Easy peasy lemon squeezey. Walgreens! Just that easy. You can link to your IG right from their website! Pure happiness!
Then I combined two of my loves...(wasabi tape) & those lil 4x4 IG gems and this Mary Flair! Is there a cuter way to display pics in a vintage camper in a time crunch?! I think not.
That smile and those freckles. My heart. Forever & always.
Flash forward
{Spring Break happened}
Now we are back to after Spring Break...but before Easter...not confusing at all...stay with me people.
This is the Tuesday after Spring Break...when all 3 kids went back to school.
Confessions from the mini van...I was one happy mama. I love them. But could never homeschool. Ever. True story.
A new season means new lotions and soaps and candles up in here.
Good bye Winter Candy Apple...until we meet again next December, hellooooo Beach Coconut happy place...sunshiny days with flip flops and no homework...mmmmmmmm...I can make it through April & May. I can make it through April & May. Beach Coconut...mmmmmmmm

Back to school means back to the PTO mom life. Back to putting together the 2nd grade silent auction basket life.

We went with an Outdoors/Colorado theme this year. It's a pretty awesome basket if I do say so myself. Might have to bid on that baby myself.

Although I am a Kansas girl at heart, Colorado is our place. Our home. Where we built a family and a life. It's a pretty awesome place.

That basket is MINE.

MJ released it's third spring line, and I was right there to scope it out. Pretty much can't resist polka dots and ruffles. Ever. The struggle is real.

Spring in Colorado means flip flops and shorts one day and this the next...

It's never safe to put away your snow gear. Ever. Blah.

One stickin' cute tired Girlfriend. full Cinderella regalia...out to see Cinderella with her mama. I loved it! I mean LOVED it! She twirled her way down the halls of the theater. Every mama and daughter should share nights like this. Truly such a magical night. And an awesome message.

Have courage and be kind.

Good life-long advice.

Andy knows this mama so well.


My heart as a flower.

Bright, yellow, and always looking to the sun!

********insert Easter happening here*********

Now that you have wipelash, we are back on track...

The Easter Bunny brought me this shirt. Totally fitting for the holiday hangover happening the Monday after know the one where your kids are over tired and über cranky and you feel totally jet lagged...the day after any holiday when you are jolted back into the reality of carpool at 8:15AM...yeah it's fabulous.

We just might be thinking about our next BIG Mary Flair adventure already. There will be lots of little MF adventures in between...don't worry.

Something about this little girl working so hard on drawing a map of her bedroom makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Such concentration and pride in representing her own space just right.

Maybe this strikes me because I remember spending hours as a kid drawing maps of my bedroom over and over again. Kinda silly. But special to me. It's the little drawing lava lamps and piggy banks on maps of our bedrooms...that add up to magically become what make up the essense of our childhood.

I am over the moon about the Aprils Showers photos the kiddos are getting next week! I mean seriously...capturing the whimsy of twirling umbrellas & jumping in puddles! I am all over that. Girlfriend needed some new rain boots for such an occassion! Then I noticed they had a matching mama this happened! EEEEEEEEEEEEE! Can you hear me squill with joy from your house?!

I am not a morning person. Ideally I wake up on my own. Slowly. Ever so slowly...easing into getting mentally ready to conquer my day. Mornings like this one below are simply perfect...

Soooo...I'm turning 35 this year. 35! Say what?! When did that happen?! This one is getting me...not that 35 is old. There is a whole other dynamic to turning 35 for me...a big one, but that's a whole another blog post. We'll get there one day.

Anyway. 35. This mama needed to start a skin care routine STAT. Like probably already should have as a teenager. Meh.

So when a friend I love and admire had me over for an Arbonne launch party, I was like heck yeah! Sign me up for the whole entire anti-aging product line! Oh man. Good thing Andy loves me something fierce.

Mamas gotta remember to take care of ourselves too. Just saying.

My side table. I love it. I love full. I love stacks of journals and books and photos everywhere. If I cleared it off, it would feel empty and sad. I am not a contemporary, clean lines kind of girl. I'm a my cup runeth over, country rustic, always full kind of girl. This space makes me happy.

Ugh. Water. I am not a big fan. But I am making a valiant effort. Especially after I broke up with Dr. Pepper on Tuesday after my dentist appointment. Bad news bears. $1,220 worth of bad news bears. Seriously no wonder I have a phobia of going to the dentist. Who likes to hemorage money for someone to drill their teeth. Ugh.

Late night sewing is therapeutic though. Ruffles make me happy. That chai in the background makes me want to brush my teeth now. Just a little wounded. But I'll bounce back.

Finished camera strap covers with double ruffles are pretty awesome.

Wearing my new yellow rain boots in a mid-April spring blizzard make getting out in the snow bearable, almost fun even. Especially if I'm going to fabric stores!

Zippers and buttons and new fabric makes me down right giddy!

This adorable custom order for a Dave Ramsey envelope wallet almost makes me want to check out his whole cash budget thing. Almost.

Fabric is my kryptonite.

I'm not gonna lie. I spent my profit before the camera strap cover and wallet were even made.

I mean Abby needs a fun, summery top out of those lemons! And pink unicorns. Oh those unicorns were destined to come home with me. And I'm pretty sure they made those yellow flower buttons with me in mind. And the patterns...they were on sale 5 for $5!

Maybe I should give that cash budget thing a second thought...

We had a 90 minute delay today. On Assessment Day. Which is already a pain. A cozy sweater and monster play date with kids playing in the snow in between assessment time slots while mamas talked all day was just what this mama needed.

Whew. I think we are all caught up now. It's been real.

Peace out.